How to Make Naturally Dyed Easter Eggs
Posted on Tuesday, April 8th, 2014 at 11:26 am
What’s the first object you think of when you think of Easter? For me, it is certainly the Easter Egg. Easter eggs make Easter so much fun for the kids and I’ve got to admit… I love the post-Easter egg salad sandwiches that I get to enjoy! Unfortunately, dying Easter eggs has become a experience full of chemicals and artificial colors. Sometimes these unnatural ingredients can even seep into the hard-boiled egg. There’s nothing more unappetizing than artificial coloring all over the inside of my hard boiled egg. Luckily there are some wonderful, natural ways to dye eggs. And in my opinion, they are so much prettier too!
Hard Boiled Eggs
1 tablespoon white vinegar per cup of dye liquid
Colorful Vegetables, Spices and Teas (See Below for a list)
Choose the dye color you want to make and chop or shred the appropriate vegetable and add them to a pot of water. Boil the item for 15-20 minutes or until the color of the water is a few shades darker than you’d like your eggs to be. Strain the vegetables from the water and then stir in 1 tablespoon of vinegar per cup of strained liquid. Let the liquid cool and then add your cooked, room temperature eggs to the dye. Let them soak in the refrigerator until the eggs become the color you desire. Remove them from the dye, dry them and then polish with oil if you’d like to give them a shine!
Use these vegetables, spices and teas to create fun colors:
Purple Cabbage (makes blue on white eggs, green on brown eggs)
Red Onion Skins (makes lavender or red)
Yellow Onion Skins (makes orange on white eggs, rusty red on brown eggs)
Ground Turmeric (makes yellow)
Red Zinger Tea Bags (makes lavender)
Beets (makes pink on white eggs, maroon on brown eggs)
Blueberries (makes a bluish-gray color)
Yellow Apples & Fennel (makes faint green-yellow)
Paprika (makes faint red-orange)
Carrots (makes rich yellow)
Orange Peels (makes faint yellow)
Dill seed (makes brown-gold)
Strong Brewed Coffee (makes brown)
Grape Juice (makes lavender)
Let us know what fun combinations of foods you used to make your Easter eggs!